Story Openings

story openings

The opening of your story is where you should ‘hook’ your reader to read on.

  • Action – Start your story in the middle of an action.
  • Character / Setting – Begin your story by using descriptive words to describe a character or the setting.
  • Dialogue – Open your story with dialogue, by starting a conversation between two characters.
  • Exclamation – Start your story with an exclamation such as “He was furious!”
  • Feeling – Share emotions you have about the topic.
  • Flashbacks – Start your story with a flashback, remembering something that had happened.
  • Internal monologue – The first line of your story contains a thought of your main character.
  • Opposites – Start by stating opposites, for instance telling your reader it’s a beautiful day but something appalling is happening.
  • Personal Experience – Begin by telling the reader about a personal experience you had, relating to the topic you are writing about.
  • Quote – Use a quote at the beginning of your writing.
  • Question – Open your writing by asking the reader a question.
  • Riddle / Humor – Begin with a joke or something funny that happened, or a riddle.
  • Sound – Open with an onomatopoeia (a sound word such as “meow”, “bang” or “grrrr”.)
  • Statement / Fact – Surprise your reader with a bold statement or fact and take your story from there.
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